I am sure many of you will understand my family’s spring allergy misery! Every Spring this yellow dusting covers everything, and I mean EVERYTHING! You can’t really go outside without walking into a wall of yellow snow, Georgia’s trustworthy, never-failing Spring “snow.” Of course, pollen is not the only Spring allergy visitor that affects our lovely area and health. There are all kinds of new things popping up and coming back to life that seem to tickle our noses and redden our eyes. It just seems like there is no escaping the grip of spring allergies. While the beauty of Spring is enough to take your breath away, the allergies shouldn’t be one of those.
Recently my family welcomed into the world this precious bundle of joy. At this time, he is not experiencing any allergy symptoms that we are aware of, and we would certainly love to keep it that way! Although we know that is not necessarily possible; one thing is for sure, we can take precautions and be proactive when we can. We want to give our baby the very best, and one way to do that is by using products that are hypoallergenic.
Since Spring is here and temperatures are on the rise after a long winter indoors, parents and little ones are spending more and more time outside. While the weather may be delightful, the spring season brings more frightful allergens to the air. Rising temperatures can trigger skin irritations for little ones. With all this in mind, it’s important that parents seek out products that are gentle on baby’s sensitive skin. Cleaning your little one’s clothes in a gentle, hypoallergenic product, like Dreft, is a great way to help keep baby comfortable during the spring season.
Is that all we can do to help our babies? Dr. Dyan Hes, a notable pediatrician and mom, who recently partnered with Dreft, has shared some of her insights after a recent question and answer session.
Q. What would you say is the No. 1 most important piece of advice?
A. As parents look to reduce their baby’s exposure to allergens, it’s important that they seek out products that are gentle on baby’s sensitive skin. Since clothes are in direct contact with baby, I suggest washing clothes with a specially-formulated product such as Dreft, the No. 1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians, to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s skin. Trusted for over 80 years, Dreft comes with a baby scent beloved by moms, and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for baby.
Q. Doesn’t fragrance bother babies’ sensitive skin?
A. It depends on the product – and on the baby, as some little ones are more sensitive than others. For Dreft specifically, the product is hypoallergenic (and always has been) – even though it has a fragrance – and is as gentle as washing baby in water alone.
Q. What does “hypoallergenic” mean?
A. “Hypoallergenic” typically means that a product is less likely to cause skin irritations or allergenic reactions. Dreft is considered to be “hypoallergenic” due to clinical testing of its unique & gentle formula.
Q. What makes Dreft’s formula hypoallergenic?
A. Dreft’s formula contains a unique blend of mild cleaning ingredients as well as a special technology that removes the pills and fuzz off fabrics, making clothes gentle and soft to baby’s sensitive skin. Dreft’s formula also ensures that soils in the laundry rinse out with the wash water, instead of redepositing back onto baby clothes.
Q: Can something be hypoallergenic and still have a scent?
A. Yes, it can. In the case of Dreft, the product’s perfume is specially designed with low allergenic ingredients that have been proven to be gentle on baby’s sensitive skin.
So, what are some practical things you can do this Spring to keep your baby and family from suffering from allergies. Dr. Dyan Hes suggests the following:
Shade the sun: The long awaited spring season means increased outdoor time for parents and their babies. When heading outside, don’t forget to practice appropriate baby skin safety. For babies 6 months or older. If your baby is 6 months or older, liberally use sunscreen. Also, avoid exposing your baby to the sun during peak hours — generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — and dress your baby in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses. For babies younger than 6 months. If your baby is younger than 6 months, keep him or her out of direct sunlight. Protect your baby from sun exposure by dressing him or her in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses.
Load up on liquids: Staying hydrated during the spring months is important as baby gets more active outdoor time and sun exposure. Start with the inside and ensure children get enough to drink throughout the day. Infants should nurse or take a bottle often; older kids should tote a sippy cup or reusable water bottle. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and smoothies in your child’s diet too.
Choose the right fabrics and care for them properly: When it comes to fabrics, it’s extremely important to seek out gentle and hypoallergenic items to care for the items that touch baby’s sensitive skin. It’s also essential that fabrics be cared for properly. Wash baby’s items with a specially-formulated product such as Dreft, the #1 baby laundry detergent choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s skin. Trusted for over 80 years, Dreft comes with a babyhood scent beloved by moms, and it remains safe and hypoallergenic for baby.
Protect Problem Skin: Heat is a common trigger for eczema and as the weather warms up, there are a few things you can do to help prevent flare ups of such skin irritations. The sun is strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. so try to shield baby from direct sun exposure during those times. There are also apps available that can inform you of the hottest part of the day – which can be helpful for parents as they plan any outings with their little ones!
Make bath-time beneficial: Over exposure to water can actually rob skin of natural moisture. Scaling back on tub time will help avoid resulting itch — about 10 minutes is plenty of time for water play and a quick scrub. Use warm water (vs. hot) and leave the suds to the very end. Use a mild cleanser to keep skin soft and itch-free. Gently pat skin dry and end with an after-bath moisturizer to seal in moisture and protect baby’s soft skin.
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